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Time to recite the Kranz Dictum, FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION for the Divisional, AFC CHAMP, and SB!

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  • Time to recite the Kranz Dictum, FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION for the Divisional, AFC CHAMP, and SB!

    I just thought this needed to be posted. Be Tough and Competent Broncos! Failure is not an option.

    The Kranz Dictum:
    "Spaceflight will never tolerate carelessness, incapacity, and neglect. Somewhere, somehow, we screwed up. It could have been in design, build, or test. Whatever it was, we should have caught it. We were too gung ho about the schedule and we locked out all of the problems we saw each day in our work. Every element of the program was in trouble and so were we. The simulators were not working, Mission Control was behind in virtually every area, and the flight and test procedures changed daily. Nothing we did had any shelf life. Not one of us stood up and said, 'Dammit, stop!' I don't know what Thompson's committee will find as the cause, but I know what I find. We are the cause! We were not ready! We did not do our job. We were rolling the dice, hoping that things would come together by launch day, when in our hearts we knew it would take a miracle. We were pushing the schedule and betting that the Cape would slip before we did. From this day forward, Flight Control will be known by two words: 'Tough' and 'Competent.' Tough means we are forever accountable for what we do or what we fail to do. We will never again compromise our responsibilities. Every time we walk into Mission Control we will know what we stand for. Competent means we will never take anything for granted. We will never be found short in our knowledge and in our skills. Mission Control will be perfect. When you leave this meeting today you will go to your office and the first thing you will do there is to write 'Tough and Competent' on your blackboards. It will never be erased. Each day when you enter the room these words will remind you of the price paid by Grissom, White, and Chaffee. These words are the price of admission to the ranks of Mission Control."
    Last edited by broncosteven; 01-13-2014, 03:44 PM.

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    Right on brother Steven, words to live by!

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    • #3
      Get er done Steven!

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      • #4
        Apparently the D read this before hitting the field. They were Tough and Competent for at least 3 quarters yesterday.

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        • #5
          No offense, but how is this different than any other day for you?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Kaylore View Post
            No offense, but how is this different than any other day for you?
            Not everyone knows how to be Tough and Competent and there might be a few kFc trolls still lurking who have never read the Great Kranz Dictum.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by broncosteven View Post
              I just thought this needed to be posted. Be Tough and Competent Broncos! Failure is not an option.

              The Kranz Dictum:
              "Spaceflight will never tolerate carelessness, incapacity, and neglect. Somewhere, somehow, we screwed up. It could have been in design, build, or test. Whatever it was, we should have caught it. We were too gung ho about the schedule and we locked out all of the problems we saw each day in our work. Every element of the program was in trouble and so were we. The simulators were not working, Mission Control was behind in virtually every area, and the flight and test procedures changed daily. Nothing we did had any shelf life. Not one of us stood up and said, 'Dammit, stop!' I don't know what Thompson's committee will find as the cause, but I know what I find. We are the cause! We were not ready! We did not do our job. We were rolling the dice, hoping that things would come together by launch day, when in our hearts we knew it would take a miracle. We were pushing the schedule and betting that the Cape would slip before we did. From this day forward, Flight Control will be known by two words: 'Tough' and 'Competent.' Tough means we are forever accountable for what we do or what we fail to do. We will never again compromise our responsibilities. Every time we walk into Mission Control we will know what we stand for. Competent means we will never take anything for granted. We will never be found short in our knowledge and in our skills. Mission Control will be perfect. When you leave this meeting today you will go to your office and the first thing you will do there is to write 'Tough and Competent' on your blackboards. It will never be erased. Each day when you enter the room these words will remind you of the price paid by Grissom, White, and Chaffee. These words are the price of admission to the ranks of Mission Control."
              lesson learned the hard way. Unfortunately this same lesson was not permanantly engrained into NASA... I'm thinking of the two shuttle catastrophes. Of course, this is a dangerous calling, that is, the exploration of space. That being said, you can't cut corners because people most definitely die.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Tombstone RJ View Post
                lesson learned the hard way. Unfortunately this same lesson was not permanantly engrained into NASA... I'm thinking of the two shuttle catastrophes. Of course, this is a dangerous calling, that is, the exploration of space. That being said, you can't cut corners because people most definitely die.
                Sadly Gene had taken a backseat for the next wave of flight directors coming up, he had commented about the "All UP" type fever but no one listened to him at the time.

                The Broncos learned about failure the hard way last year as well which is why I wanted to point this out. They have to be Tough and Competent the rest of the way to win it all.

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